Servings: 12 serving(s)
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
This is a classic bran muffin, healthy in all the right ways. Low calorie, low fat and high fibre. They’re delicious too and hit the spot when you’re craving something that’s a little sweet.
Low calorie bran muffins are true 1960’s diet food.
My mom clipped this recipe for low calorie bran muffins out of a magazine back in 1965. It caught her eye because each muffin has only 152 calories. (That would be for a 1960’s-sized muffin, not the meal-sized muffins that are so popular today.)
It’s not all about the calories though. These muffins have a good fibre count, a descent amount of protein and they’re low fat. Plus they taste delicious.
The recipe is from the days before processed diet food took over. Rather than using artificial food substitutes to drop the calorie count, the creator of this recipe simply reduced the fat content. Simple as that.
My mom makes these as mini muffins and so do I because that’s a better snack size in my house. The calorie count for mini muffins is 101 per muffin (18 muffins/batch).
This is a classic bran muffin, healthy in all the right ways. They’re delicious too and hit the spot when you’re craving something that’s a little sweet.
Some readers have replaced the oil in this recipe with applesauce to further reduce the calorie count.Print
Low Calorie Bran Muffins That Taste Good
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 ½ cups natural bran (wheat)
- ¼ cup toasted wheat germ
- ½ cup raisins
- 1 egg
- ½ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
- ¾ cup milk
- 2 Tbsp oil
- In a medium bowl mix together dry ingredients. Stir in raisins
- In another bowl combine egg, molasses, milk and oil.
- Add this to the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
- Spoon into prepared muffin tins.
- Bake at 400 F for 20-25 minutes (regular muffins) or 15-18 minutes for mini muffins.
Recipe doubles well
We spread them with peanut butter for a healthy afterschool snack. If you prefer a more substantial muffin take a look at our recipes for blueberry wheat germ muffins or dense and spicy ginger muffins.
Nutritional info: Per muffin. Calories: 152, Fat: 3.8 g, Saturated Fat: .5 g, Cholesterol: 16.8 mg, Carbs: 29.2 g, Sugar: 12.6 g, Sodium: 124 mg, Fibre: 4.6 g, Protein: 4.4 g, Potassium: 415.7 mg, Calcium: 61 g
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